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The Core Research Center (CRC) was established in 1974 by the USGS to preserve valuable samples of the Earth’s subsurface for use by scientists and educators representing government, industry, and academia. The CRC collections include full-diameter rock cores, slabbed cores (cut in half longitudinally), well cuttings, thin sections, and associated analytical data. A majority of the material was donated to the CRC by private industrial companies, although some cores and cuttings were collected by the USGS and other government agencies. Rock cores were collected from roughly 9,500 drilled borehole locations representing approximately 610,000 meters (2 million feet) of subsurface strata in 35 states. Many of the boreholes...
This collection contains 2,456 botanical specimens. The majority of the specimens were collected from Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Idaho, and Alaska in the 1950s through 1970s. Dr. H. T. Shacklette was the major curator and contributor during that time. The collection was transferred to the USGS from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 1996 when the unit that would become the Biological Resources Division became part of the USGS. The collection was accessioned as USGS museum property in 2005. It is housed at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Herbarium, where it is integrated with the rest of the Herbarium's collection. The specimens are curated, and their use is managed, by...
The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) facility for storing, curating, and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world; mostly from Antarctica and Greenland. The NICL is funded by the NSF Division of Polar Programs and operated by the USGS; and the NICL’s science operations are managed by the University of New Hampshire. NICL provides scientists with the capability to conduct examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for future investigations. The NICL was established in 1993 and is located at the Denver Federal Center, in Denver, Colorado. The NICL’s primary...
These owls were hatched at the Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC) for research purposes and cannot be released to the wild. The owls are all male, with ages of HY 2010, 2011, and six 2021. They are full winged with no known medical problems. The colony has too many males. The colony is being reduced to maintain the minimum number of (paired) birds until the colony will be used for research. The colony is not expected to be used for the next two years. Although they are captive bred, they are parent reared and not habituated to people other than brief contact for feeding.
This database contains a comprehensive inventory of geologic (coral, coral reef, limestone, and sediment) cores and samples collected, analyzed, published, and/or archived by, or in collaboration with, the U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (USGS SPCMSC). The SPCMSC Geologic Core and Sample Database includes geologic cores and samples collected beginning in the 1970s to present day, from study sites across the world. This database can be accessed through the CoreViewer 3.0 ArcOnline web mapping application, linked below. A copy of the data can also be downloaded from the web mapping application and the metadata is accessible through a link in the header of the application, as...
Categories: Collection, Data; Tags: Alabama, Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas, Belize, Biological Collection, All tags...
Since its inception in 1879, the USGS has collected and preserved geoscience data and sample collections, which include millions of paleobiological specimens stored in USGS facilities and at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C. As one of the largest paleontological collections in the world, the USGS paleontology collection is invaluable, as many specimens may no longer be collected due to high field collection costs or inaccessibility to sampling sites, which have been restricted, urbanized, or modified via landscape processes. The USGS Denver Paleontology Collection includes ~1.2 million specimens stored in 1000 Smithsonian museum cases. The primary collections...
These are collections managed by the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), part of the Northwest Region of the USGS. Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States and across the U.S. Many of our scientists work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.
The United States Bureau of Mines (USBM) was established in 1910 to improve extraction, processing, distribution, and utilization of resources and provide statistical and economic information about all phases of non-fuel mineral resource development. The agency was closed in 1996 after 85 years of service. After the USBM closure, certain functions such as the collection, analysis, and dissemination of minerals information was transferred to the USGS. Many of the publications of the USBM that were distributed to Federal depository libraries have been catalogued and digitized and are available from the USGS Library, Technical Report Archive (TRAIL), Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), National Archives and...
Categories: Collection; Tags: ndc_collection
These are collections managed by the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center (GMEG). Scientists with the Center work on issues related to geologic processes, mineral and energy resource potential, and past climate, primarily in the Western United States. The science staff includes Geologists, Geophysicists, Geochemists, Biologists, and Geographic Information Systems specialists located in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Sample inventory and location information for physical soil sample archive.
The Geological Materials Repository (GMR) is home to the largest, publicly accessible USGS rock core and cuttings collection (the Core Research Center collection). In addition to the large core and cuttings collections, there are over 1,000 pallets of varied materials, from numerous Science Centers and Mission Areas, currently stored in the GMR space. A variety of samples collected for completed USGS projects are stored in the Geological Materials Repository for possible future use.
Since 2002, the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s Samples Repository has been supporting research by providing secure storage for geological, biological, and geochemical samples; maintaining organization and an active inventory of these sample collections; as well as by providing access to these collections for study and reuse. This collections inventory has been compiled, organized, and released online to provide researchers and the general public with a means to discover and request scientific sample material preserved and maintained by the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository. Updates will be made to the inventory as the collections grow, and version history is available...
This collection contains numerous zoological specimens from the southwestern United States. Specimens were collected beginning in the 1920s through 2013 and include mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. This is a legacy collection that was transferred to the USGS from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 1996 when the unit that would become the Biological Resources Division became part of the USGS. Specimens were accessioned as museum property in 2002, 2003, and 2006. The collection contains voucher specimens of vertebrates collected on Federal land in the western United States. It is administered by the USGS Fort Collins Science Center and housed at the Museum of Southwestern Biology at the University...
This collection contains unpublished hand drawn geologic maps, field maps, traverse maps, sample location maps, and cross sections of areas investigated in eastern U.S.

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